An Interview with 'Brady Harris'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Brady Harris: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
How and where did you get together?
I was born together.
What are the band's main influences?
The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Mexican Lager, Emitt Rhodes,
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
No, just small stages from LA to NYC to Liverpool, Paris & Nice. I did play the legendary Joe's Pub in NYC, but that was as musical director for actress Lauren Weedman's (Date Night, 5 Year Engagement, Looking) cabaret show. I sang and played guitar
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
You might hear my music if you stay at a 5-star hotel in Croatia. A long lost friend sent a photo of her morning music selection at the hotel she was vacationing at and it had several of my songs.
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
"..he's the standard-bearer of the sub-sub-genre known as 'Beatlesque Americana'." - Absolute Power Pop "Bearing considerable vocal resemblance to John Lennon, Harris crafts moody country-rock with a hard pop edge. Strongly melodic with a confident wit, he combines well-traveled themes with stoic romanticism." -All Music Guide "..he possesses an eclecticism similar to that of Jeff Tweedy. All in all, these songs have outstanding staying power, as Harris' substantial talents lift him well above those with whom he will be categorized." -All Music Guide "Truly, a cover masterpiece." -Ripple Effect (ripplemusic.blogspot.com) "Brady has delivered one of the finest, most unique collections of cover songs we've ever heard!" --KoolKat Musik (www.koolkatmusik.com) " bridging the divide between country and the Beatles." (Rated 9 on a scale of 10) -Mark Whitfield, AMERICANA-UK (www.americana-uk.com)
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
Austin, TX & Los Angeles, CA. Steve McCarthy handled drums and basic track duties, including engineering, early mixes. Steve has drummed with Cotton Mather, The Wild Seeds and countless others. Steve is most famous as the frontman of the legendary/infamous Neil Diamond "tribute" band, The Diamond Smugglers. https://www.facebook.com/DiamondSmugglersATX
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
Inspired by the non-technical, at-home feel of such records as Paul McCartney's debut solo record "McCartney", this was recorded sans click-tracks, metronomes, quantizing, pitch correction, etc. Basic tracks (drums/ele guitar/vocals) cut live together.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
GOLDEN BROWN: A cover of The Stranglers 1981 hit song. I became a fan the first time it crept into my Pandora station back in the 2000’s. Taking some liberties with the original version’s waltz and tricky 7/8 turnarounds, I deconstructed it to 4/4 common time with a disco flourish. Steve and I were inspired by drummer Topper Headon’s (The Clash) slick and light feel which fueled the Clash’s more dance-driven numbers. FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN DOWN: The prodigal child and the sibling who never left home. Leaving a relationship only to later realize that it was a mistake to do so. That empty feeling that can slay you long after it’s too late. A vague depression so deep that it hardly becomes known to you until after it has lifted. This song is a little of this and a little of that. SILENT FILM: Can we reach back through time and connect with the lost lover or amend missed chances? No, but we can write songs about it. And get a French Horn player to help out. LET’S LIVE: The spirit of going for it all with your lover who is fueling your renewed vigor in life. Anything is possible, right? Well, at least it feels like it sometimes. In other words, just another song about the rush of love and connection. DAMSEL: Based on random scenes on the sidewalk outside the front door of the (infamous) World Modeling Agency which was just down the street from a bar I used to sing at called The Barrel on Van Nuys Blvd in the Valley. BATTLE OF SWANKERSHIM: “Swankershim” is North Hollywood slang for Lankershim Blvd, a long, occasionally gritty thoroughfare in the Valley. At the industrial north end resides my band’s rehearsal space. This instrumental is a tribute to some of the lively incidents and near-incidents endemic to this part of the boulevard.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.
RANDOM BEATLES/LOS ANGELES CONNECTION: Most of the LA tracking was done at the former home of longtime Beatles assistant/roadie/bodyguard/handler Mal Evans. It’s also where he was tragically gunned down by LAPD in 1976. The Beatles had a tiny inner circle of close associates, and Mal Evans was among them, from pre-fame til post-breakup. His story with the band is fascinating and worth learning about. Being a huge Beatle fan, I could go on, but for the purposes of this document I’ll keep it brief. I had already spent months at Mal’s place before I realized it. I house/pet-sit for a friend of mine who travels frequently. Shortly before recording this album, I came across the LA address of Mal’s passing. Needless to say, I was pretty shocked at the utter improbability of it being a place I knew intimately. I’d light some candles in remembrance of Mal and to summon his blessing and good spirit over the recordings (he did after all produce Badfinger’s “No Matter What”, a favorite of mine). Yours For You is dedicated to Mal Evans, “The Gentle Giant of Liverpool”, as he was known. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal_Evans
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
I just want to live in the world I imagine. And I try to act accordingly.